Month: August 2011

It’s not about the tyres

I’m a MotoGP novice, on a very steep learning curve. As I watched Sunday’s races in America’s so-called “Rust Belt, at the Brickyard, Indianapolis, home of Indy 500 and NASCAR 400, the main issue seemed to be tyre management. No, it’s not about choice because,… Continue Reading “It’s not about the tyres”

Viva La Vuelta IV

Today’s individual time trial takes place in Salamanca, the capital of the Spanish province of the same name in the region of Castilla-Leon, located  118 kilometres east of the Portuguese border and 204 kilometres to the north west of Madrid. This is a beautiful historic… Continue Reading “Viva La Vuelta IV”

Sheree’s sporting snippets

Here’s a few things, in no particular order, that have caught my eye in recent days:- Martial Arts Aged 98, Keiko Fukuda is the first Japanese woman to receive a coveted red belt in Judo. The other seven holders of said belt are male. You wouldn’t… Continue Reading “Sheree’s sporting snippets”

Get on your bike

Guess what’s the one thing that forcibly strikes me on my infrequent trips back to the UK: cyclists. Yes, they’re everywhere, where once there were none or very few. Bike hire schemes, cycle networks, large scale cycling events, bike shops on every corner etc etc.… Continue Reading “Get on your bike”

Viva La Vuelta III

I rode with my coach yesterday morning; always a pleasure never a chore. Despite choosing a route with plenty of shade, it was extremely warm, particularly towards midday. These are the (only) times when you actively seek out a head wind but, as soon as it’s… Continue Reading “Viva La Vuelta III”

Taste of heaven (and hell)

One of my (many) favourite French cakes is a Paris-Brest first created in 1891 to commemorate the race of the same name. No one knows exactly who first created the confection but evidently, on seeing the first race, he was so inspired that he made… Continue Reading “Taste of heaven (and hell)”

Viva La Vuelta II

I’m currently enjoying a heat wave. Probably not ideal climatic conditions for cycling, just ask Mark Cavendish if you don’t believe me. To be fair, Spain is even hotter than here. When I say here, I don’t actually mean just here, I mean the… Continue Reading “Viva La Vuelta II”

Viva La Vuelta I

The Vuelta a Espana, the 3rd and last of the Grand Tours, starts tomorrow. It’s the 17th running of the race since it was moved from its original springtime slot to the autumn. As a consequence of its place in the cycling calendar, many of the top riders… Continue Reading “Viva La Vuelta I”

Trifling pleasures

My beloved returned on Friday evening feeling a bit fatigued from an exhausting schedule of meetings. Yesterday, given he hadn’t ridden for a week, we had a pleasurable 65km meander around the area. Week ends I’m happy to follow his lead as I’ve plenty of opportunity… Continue Reading “Trifling pleasures”

The perfect brownie

Pretty much everyone loves brownies. What’s not to like? We’re talking squidgy, rich, chocolatey mouthfuls here not small girls in brown outfits and berets. Just when I think I’ve perfected the ultimate brownie, I find yet another recipe I absolutely have to try. I’ve made plenty of variations but… Continue Reading “The perfect brownie”